A little Visit to see Vivien Kay at Simply Healing Detox Retreat – Juicing, Healing and Catching Up.

I can’t praise Vivien Kay and Simply Healing enough for all the support they’ve given me and my husband over the last year.


It’s crazy to think that this time last year I had my first fertility appointment with a specialist, who told me I probably had PCOS. As you know from older posts it wasn’t that at all and I just needed to give me body a bit of TLC, eat more, cut down on the exercise and get more in tune with my body, which I did with the help and advice from lots of incredible experts.

I remember, this time last year I felt so incredibly helpless. My sister was pregnant, it was coming up to Xmas and I was waiting to hear from my doctor about my next plan of action. It’s crazy. I was down in the dumps big time. I’m now 38 weeks pregnant and counting down the days until my due date…was a difference a year makes!

So today I thought I would pay Auntie Viv a visit. Its hard at this stage of the pregnancy – you feel so close – yet so far. The due date is in sight but you feel tired and you are winding down so the days feel longer and you feel like you are just waiting. You also haven’t been scanned since week 20 (well most of haven’t unless you pay for a private scan or have had a problem) and you just want to know that you’re baby is ok and ready to come out. Re-assurance was defiantly needed.

As usual my healing session with Vivien started with a warm welcome as I walked in to her gorgeous Sussex home.
I then laid on the couch as she placed her hands on my bump. The first thing Viv said was that baby was very cozy and sleeping. She tends to sleep lots in the day and wake me up at 5am in the morning so this didn’t surprise me. After a few minutes, Viv expressed that she was slightly concerned about mine and the baby’s energy levels. I must admit, this rings true. My energy has been awful recently, and I just haven’t had an appetite – it’s a catch 22 as you obviously need to eat for energy. She said that she wants me to eat more (at least every three hours) because the baby needs energy to get into the prime position and get ready for birth. At this rate it looks like she might be late as she’s slightly lethargic – and not engaged.

So what’s my plan of action? I need to start setting my alarm for every three hours and even if I don’t fancy food, have a juice or something with plenty of nutrients in. Here is a link to some of Simply Healing’s famous juices. There are loads to choose from and they are all super easy to make!
I also need to make sure I have a snack before bed to stop me waking up so hungry and eat more good carbs like Rye Bread, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes and quinoa. Stuffed peppers with brown rice sounds nice!

Another funny thing that Viv said was that the bubba liked the colour lemon yellow – which made me laugh as her nursery is very pink! We may have to start buying some yellow bits….


Trying to get pregnant and succeeding

One of my favourite nutritionists and experts is Marisa Peer. I met her when I was working at Men’s Fitness Magazine after seeing her on Channel 4’s Supersize vs Superskinny. She hypnotised Anna Richardson to eat less food and lose weight – and she did. The whole show was about Anna trying different diets – from eating baby food to living on lemon juice and maple syrup and you know what – Marisa’a hypnotherapy proved to be the most effective weight loss method. This fascinated me!

I then attended a few of Marisa’s workshops and met her personally when I wanted to give up chocolate. After an hour’s session, i gave it up completely for over 12 months and never looked back. The power of the mind is a great tool when you know how to control it.

When thinking about trying for a family – it made complete sense for me to read Marisa’s new book ‘Trying get pregnant (and succeeding)’. Marisa has such a positive outlook on everything and certainly knows her stuff. The book covers everything from nutrition to positive thinking and after writing down lots of positive affirmations and sticking them on my walls and mirrors (somewhere where you can look at them everyday) I felt more optimistic.

I also tried new supplements (to be covered in a later post) and listened to her CD at night  just before bed.

As Marisa says, ‘what your mind says, your body will eventually follow’, so I continued to tell my body what it was going to do and had lots of positive thoughts.

I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking to start a family. Your mind is so powerful – you could be the most healthiest person in the world but if your mind isn’t ready to accept children in to your life and the changes your body has to go through to get there, then your body won’t be!

Give it a go.